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Drive for school medics

SHANGHAI is taking steps to tackle a shortage of doctors in campus clinics that has seen teachers make up the shortfall.

Schools are unable to attract enough doctors because medical school graduates prefer to work in hospitals.

Currently, teachers given medical training and retired health care workers who are not doctors fill the gaps.

Though the city requires schools to provide every 600 students with a clinic doctor, many fail to do so.

At present, most health care workers on campus can only deal with simple ailments.

They have no idea of what to do when facing some serious incidents such as drowning, falling and electric shocks.

To tackle the shortage, the city has launched a campaign to have hospital doctors team up with schools to train campus doctors and carry out checks on students.

The program was piloted in 83 kindergartens in Yangpu District last year and rolled out further this year.

Meanwhile, the city is nurturing the first batch of 30 medical school students especially trained for campus. Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences set up the school health care major for the first time this year to train professionals for local schools.

About 20 percent of freshmen have been booked by local schools before their graduation three years later, the institute officials said.

The Jinshan District Education Bureau has booked two students. A bureau official said students at the institute have shown great interest.


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